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50th B-Day + Honeymoon hotel and dinner. Oustau de Baumaniere or Mas des Herbes Blanche?

We had a lovely stay at the Mas des Herbes Blanche. The hotel is very charming and dinner on the terrace was a treat. The food was quite good, but not earth-shattering, which was fine. We ate all meals but the first dinner elsewhere, because we wanted to see the area. Since we live in NYC and have easy access to stellar French cuisine, we decided not to make gastronomy the center of our trip, and thus we didn't come across any restaurants worth sharing.

Jun 01, 2011
labender in France

Dining along the Canal St Martin?

Philou is fantastic, and reasonably priced. Cafe du Nord is a scene with adequate, but not great food.

Jun 01, 2011
labender in France

Paris - 16th Birthday Dinner ?

I would go for Le Train Bleu or Bofinger, both of which feel like you are in a movie scene. I have always been happy with the food at Bofinger. Less so at Le Train Bleu, but it is still more than adequate. Caveat, I have not been back to Paris for 2 years, so a lot may have changed since then -- you might want to check the boards for input on both places.

May 07, 2011
labender in France

Special Dinner in Paris for 8 People on a Saturday Night

Sorry I didn't mention that we are only 8 for Saturday's dinner. For the rest of the meals we will be 2 or 3. We will only be two for lunch at La Regalade on a Monday, which is why I considered not making reservations, but I will do so to be on the safe side. Thanks.

May 07, 2011
labender in France

Special Dinner in Paris for 8 People on a Saturday Night

Thanks for the input. We're set with Le Violon for Saturday, but would love to try La Regalade for lunch while we are there. Does one need to reserve for lunch? thx!

Our other dinners will be Philou (I'm an old fan of Square Trousseau and want to try his new place), Auberge Nicolas Flamel (walked by it every day on the way to work for the better part of 2 years when I lived in Paris, so decided to finally take the plunge) and Chez Michel. Friday - Monday nights is a bit difficult, but we are looking forward to good food!

May 07, 2011
labender in France

How to Make Tomate Confit

While we can get or make so many French foods here, the one thing that I can not seem to buy or to find a recipe for is tomate confit. I think that it is slow-cooked tomatoes, which become semi-dry and quite sweet. Can anyone help me with a recipe for this treat? Thanks!

May 05, 2011
labender in Home Cooking

Special Dinner in Paris for 8 People on a Saturday Night

I was leaning towards L'Ami Louis, but a review in April's Vanity Fair was so bad that I went with my back-up restaurant Le Violon D'Ingres. My husband and I will definitely go to L'Ami Lous a deux another evening, as I had an amazing meal there myself.

Thanks for all the input, and I look forward to sending a report when I return.

Apr 28, 2011
labender in France

Canal St. Martin Area?

I love Le Sporting. It is not talked about on the boards, and I have rarely seen other non-French there. It is not too trendy, and the food is good as are the prices.

Apr 28, 2011
labender in France

Special Dinner in Paris for 8 People on a Saturday Night

Could I really go to L'Ami Louis at that price? I love that restaurant, but last time I went (on someone else's expense account), I recall it being very expensive. Does anyone have insight on Jean-Francois Piege as far as food, price and ambiance go?

thx!

Apr 25, 2011
labender in France

Special Dinner in Paris for 8 People on a Saturday Night

Hi All:

I have been reading the boards and appreciate all of the good advice. I had finally selected Chez Josephine Dumonet for a dinner, but was disappointed to learn that it was closed on Saturday night. We will be 8 people, some from Paris, others from London and New York.

Because of the size of our group, I want a place that isn't so loud and bustling that we can't hear each other, but I do want it to have a festive ambiance. I want a place that has at least a few choices on the menu, which rules out many of the bistronomy restaurants with one set menu for each meal. The food should be at least semi-classic, and I love foie gras, so would like a restaurant that usually has it on the menu; I am not such a fan of molecular food. I am looking to spend about €100 per person before wine. So much for my laundry list. Here are the restaurants that I am thinking about. I really appreciate any insights you can give me.

Le Gaigne
Le Violon D'Ingres
L'Agrume
L'Ami Jean (worried it will not be a good set-up for such a large group)
Passage 53
Le Chateaubriand
Le Bigarrade

Thanks!

Apr 24, 2011
labender in France

50th B-Day + Honeymoon hotel and dinner. Oustau de Baumaniere or Mas des Herbes Blanche?

thank you again for the very detailed feedback. I am working on the flights now so that I can confirm our dates. So many great choices, so little time!

Jan 18, 2011
labender in France

50th B-Day + Honeymoon hotel and dinner. Oustau de Baumaniere or Mas des Herbes Blanche?

Thanks for the replies!

Jan 17, 2011
labender in France

50th B-Day + Honeymoon hotel and dinner. Oustau de Baumaniere or Mas des Herbes Blanche?

We only have 3 nights to spend in the Luberon/Provence area, and I am having a hard time deciding between the Oustau de Baumaniere and Mas des Herbes Blanches. We love simple food more than foam -- cuisine that honors the flavors of the ingredients -- and my husband will not be happy unless there is a firm mattress and good water pressure in the shower.

Any insights would be most welcome!

Jan 17, 2011
labender in France